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Sampfon

a

ope

of

C°hr//.

59

many

con

fiicis,

many

dangers;

by

the Lyon,

thePhili-

flims,the Azzhites,

and

his

owne wife;

his

life painful?,

his

death violent

:

jefus Chrifl himrelfe

befet

with

ene-

mies on

all

fides,

as

the funne

with

moats

;

never free

from

conflias

with

the Lyon the

devill,

with

his

owne

Jewes,with

Pharao-;

Sa

uces,

Herodians;

his

perfon=de-

ípifed,

his

miracles

traduced,

his life

painful?,

his

death

fhaineFull

and

accuríed.

Yet

may

we

not judge

either

of

them

forfaken

of

God, who

(till

affìfled

their;

with

his

owne

firength, and was flrongefl in

them

when they

fee

-

med

weakeff.

Neither

may

wemi.f

-judge

the

generation

of

Gods

children in

their

confliLis

with

Satan,with

temp

-

tation,

with

finery,

or

with the

terrourg

of

their owne

hearts.

If

they

(hall

cry our;

Al,

God,bvhy

haft

those

far

ft_

me

2wair

a

while, and

Gods

ftrength

(hall

doe

great

things in their

weakenetfe.

Ì L

God

can

and

ufraally

Both

ufe

flrange,weake,

and

utaexpeeted

means

to overthrow

his

enemies,

and

the

enemies

of

his

Church

;

his

íirength

is

moll

teen

in

weake

things.,

his

wi dome

working

by

the atoll

foo-

lifh.

When

a

thoufand

enemies let

upon

Sampforr

at

once

without

any

weapon or

meanes

of

defence, he

care

ufe

a

jawbone to

kill

a

thou

rand

of

them when

they

thinke

him

farre

enough from

any

weapon

;

and

if

Sarnpfon

wants

a

better

and

readier

manes

againfl

Gods

enemies,

bee

can

by

two

hundred

Foxes

(a

tnofl

unexpeeed

mean

e.)burneuptheir graineand

molds

atharveff

time:

Our

Lord by

the

foolifhneffe

of

preaching can

and doth

overcome his

enemies

;

nay

God

can and

doth

by con-

trary

meanes

wrack

his

foes.. Sampfo-4

(hall

marry

a

wife

among

the

Philiftims

to

bee

an

occafìon

of

warre

and

revenge,

and

this

cause

ofGod

whereas

marriages

a-

mong

Princes

ordinarily

are

made to compote

and

make

tip differences,

no to make them.

Ottr

Lord

Jefas overcomes

f

rare,

death,

hell,

grave,by

fuffering,b

death,

by defcendir,g

into

hell, by

lying

in

the

grave,

moll

Or

inward.

Plal.73

z.r.

*z..

Strange

rrreatrs

ufed

by

God

for

the

Cilurs

ches

good.